TrueFasting



Is this not the fast that I choose,
Of the straps of the yoke undo;
For the bonds of evil to lose,
That crushes freedom to pursue.

Is this not Your bread that You share,
Bringing the poor into Your house;
Clothing the naked to show care,
A cordial regard by my spouse.

Your light shall break forth like the dawn,
Healing shall spring up speedily;
Evil wickedness shall be gone,
Bringing a tranquil civilly.

Your righteousness goes before You,
As glory shall be Your rear guard;
You shall answer with real value,
Inheritance for a reward.

For if You take away the yoke,
I will not speak the wickedness;
Break the evil bonds that provoke,
The vanity of my duress.

You pour out my soul those that thirst,
To satisfy the afflicted;
That the darkness no longer cursed,
Those that Satan has addicted.

Please guide me continually,
Satisfy hope in scorched places;
Like spring water spiritually,
Refresh to feel Your embraces.

Your ancient ruins be rebuilt,
As You shall raise their foundations;
Restorer of streets free from guilt,
Throughout many generations.

Copyright © 2024 Richard Newton Sherrer

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True and False Fasting Isaiah 58:6–12

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Written on March 31, 2024

Submitted by richardnsherrer on March 30, 2024

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Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF BXBX GXGX HIHI FXFX JKJK X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,102
Words 228
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Richard Newton Sherrer

I was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. It was a small family farm that was handed down through 8 generations of Sherrer men until my father; Newton just could not make a living from it any longer. He thought that I would make a better living away from the farm. So, I decided to join the Air Force in 1969 upon graduating from high school. I gained quite a bit of experience and insight on life while in the service. Even though I was only stationed on the east coast of the US, my Air Force career took me to Germany and Korea. After 20 years wearing of the blue uniform, I decided going in a different direction and found myself becoming very diverse in many different fields. Something still seemed missing to me after being separated from the service for about 10 years. The Air Force was a way of life for me, but really missed life in Korea. I found myself changing careers again. Poetry was an interest of his since my days in high school. With returning to the Lord, I felt motivated to write of my Christian beliefs. I started looking at Bible verses and reflecting on my own personal experiences. The Bible was found to be as true today as to when the various books were written. I could see much of what the Bible is teaching us as valid as every in modern time. It felt only natural to me on using his personal experience based on Bible verses and see much of my own life written in the Scriptures. God inspires me what to write about though. I do not claim to be an expert on God or the Bible. I am just a Christian who has become enlightened to write poetic verses from the Holy Scriptures. more…

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  • Dianejean57
    What a beautiful piece I love it.
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